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|Address:||12 Stoney Street, Borough Market, London SE1 9AD|
|Tel:||020 7403 7436|
|Price: £36.00||Wine: £12.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 7am-10pm (Sun – 4pm)|
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I thought this place looked promising – popped in after work (about a 5 minute walk away) with my sister who'd come to London at short notice. It was very busy, but had space (unlike Brindisa and Applebee's nearby) for us. I loved the decor and atmosphere was very busy. Great place to hang out. In fact, to be honest it had the feel of Polpo, Polpetto etc etc about it. i.e. very NY, very relaxed.
Problem however, was the food. Felt compelled to try the French duck (the place seemed to specialise in steak and duck), which at over £23 was very disappointing. Nicely cooked pink, but totally underseasoned. We ordered a number of other plates (everything's really suitable for sharing). Aside from the chargrilled squid, I found everything well underseasoned. Has the chef even tried the food that's he/she's turned out? Slow cooked pork belly was nice, but not as good as I've had in other places (and not as good as when I've cooked it at home). Chips were good but no salt (and didn't appear to be any salt and pepper nearby to season them with) – think they might have been cooked in goose fat. Nothing that arrived was worth coming back for…so despite the excellent ambience, I won't be coming here again.